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Coffee Stain Removal Step-by-Step

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

Coffee spilling on carpet. It's always best to stay away from harsh chemicals when it comes to removing carpet stains yourself.

We love sharing our tips and tricks, especially for our DIY peeps. Here's one for the books: how to get those stubborn coffee stains out of your carpet. Follow these steps to improve your carpet's appearance before the holidays!

Step One:

Always start with water! If you catch the spill immediately, take a clean towel and blot blot blot. Start at the edges and work your way to middle. Spray with water and repeat until the coffee is all removed. On a still wet stain this may be all you need to do!

Step Two:

Still stained? Try foamy white shaving cream. Gently rub into the carpet without pressing (you don't want to push the stain in further). Allow to stand for a few minutes, then blot.  To rinse, spray with water and blot. Repeat process until completely rinsed. 

Step Three: 

Got an already dry stain? No problem! Make a baking soda and water paste, rub into the carpet, and allow to dry. Once dry, vacuum up the powder. You should be stain free!

Step Four:

Stain a tad more stubborn? Mix one part white vinegar, two parts water and spray directly to the stained area. Blot with a clean dry towel. Rinse by spraying water and thoroughly blotting. Repeat the rinse until all the vinegar is removed. 

Step Five:

Once your stain is gone, take a dry towel and lay over still wet area then stomp your feet over it. Ta Da!

Need any other tips? Just give us a call and we'll try to help you the best we can! (601) 823-1100

Successful Thanksgiving Tips

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at SERVPRO poster Wishing you and your family a safe & happy Thanksgiving!

Last Thanksgiving was weird enough. But let's talk about this year. Thanksgiving still isn't the same, but at least we can feel some relief from the progression in combating COVID-19. Though things are looking more hopeful, we should still keep up the good work of cleanliness. 

With festivities around the corner, we here at SERVPRO Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia want to share what YOU need to know to keep your family safe this year. We also want to share the other major safety hazard... house fires. House fires can begin in an instant, normally because cooking is left unattended in the kitchen.

Wonder what you can do to stay safe and keep your kitchen under control? Follow these simple safety tips on preventing fires. In addition, due to widespread fear on the pandemic we have also included some safety tips to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Fire Safety Tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking and check on frequently on your dishes.
  • Keep children away from the stove by at least 3 feet.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

COVID-19 Safety Tips

  • Save the fine china. Disposable utensils/cups/plates not only keeps germs from piling in your sink, but also less cleanup afterwards.
  • Keep two trashcans out to help prevent germy trash laying around.
  • Have germ-x available at your entrance and the beginning of the food line.
  • Avoid crowding around in the kitchen or any other food-preparation areas.
  • Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets.
  • If the weather is right, why not put up tables and eat outside?
  • If that's not an option, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors to allow circulation.
  • Ideally, we suggest keeping your guest list minimal.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.
  • Call us to aid your cleaning needs!
    (601) 823-1100

We are here for all of your cleanup and fire restoration needs. Make sure that you're practicing fire safety this Holiday season and exercising precaution with company this year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Water Damaged Furniture

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage stain on the seat of a blue chair. Damaged spot is brownish and discolored from original chair color. Even if it looks ruined, SERVPRO has the products and equipment to try to salvage your upholstery!

Salvaging Upholstery 

Whether it's your grandmother’s mother’s antique chair or a new chair from your local furniture store, don't assume the water damage has ruined it! It doesn’t matter if it is fittings, furniture, or other decorative accessories such as carpets and curtains, water has no mercy.

It’s Not “Just Water

  • If the water spreads to the upholstery, it can stain or leave watermarks on the fabric.
  • Mud and silt can also penetrate the fabric and padding if the furniture stays in the water for several hours.
  • Water buildup can lead to the growth of mildew both internally and externally.
  • Finished wood surfaces become cloudy, while joints in the frames turn loose.
  • If the disaster is a flood, it can also lead industrial chemicals, pesticides, and sewage into the house.

What Could Possibly Happen?

Upholstery:

Water damage can affect your upholstery in several ways. Wooden framing, in particular, is susceptible to cracking and swelling. Water can also compromise glue and cause damage to your furniture. In case there are water spots on the fabrics, we may have to wet the entire piece of furniture to avoid water lines. This process can lead to stains on the floors or carpets. Our technicians apply spot removal procedures to get rid of these stains. This step is important to prevent the color bleed from causing a permanent tint.

SERVPRO also follows IICRC guidelines to carry out mildew control procedures when restoring upholstery affected by water damage. This step involves rapid drying to eliminate the source of water. For this purpose, we use dehumidifiers and air movers to speed up the drying time.

Wood Furniture:

Excessive water can leave water spots on your furniture or cause cracking, swelling, or weakening of the joints. To deal with the water spots, our specialists use specialized wood care products to clean and dry the surface. Water damaged furniture frames are slightly more expensive to repair – sometimes even more costly than replacing them. SERVPRO technicians can assess and advise accordingly.

Halloween Safety Prep

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

Harvest moon with a SERVPRO logo on it. Have a safe & spooktacular night!

Ok parents, it’s that time of year again! We want our customers to have a safe and spooktacular Halloween without any accidents. SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia wants to make sure our community has some tips to follow to be prepared no matter what!

  1. Flame Resistant/Fire Retardant Costumes. 
    Today, ready-made costumes are required to be made from nonflammable materials or treated with flame retardant. However, it is important to recognize that home-made costumes are not treated, and heightened precautions should be taken. Many household items, clothing, hats, wigs, and other accessories for costumes can be highly flammable. Be sure to consider the dangers when designing a costume for your child. Remember that long-flowing costumes are a risk for catching fire on candle-lit Jack O’ Lanterns and other decorations. Safety first! If your little ones will be trick or treating this year in the neighborhood, incorporate reflective strips into the costume, and make sure all trick or treaters have a flashlight so they are visible to traffic.
  2. Street Safety. 
    In addition to having costumes that are visible to traffic, it is imperative that children understand to cross streets only at corners and to obey all traffic signals and crosswalks. It is highly recommended, particularly after dark that all pedestrians make direct eye contact with drivers prior to walking across the street to help ensure a safe crossing.
  3. Stick With Houston Neighborhoods You Know.
    While it may be tempting to trick or treat on the other side of town, it is wise to keep close to home on Halloween. Walk on the streets and paths you and your children know well, and where you recognize your neighbors. 
  4. Follow Neighborhood Protocols.
    Of course, everyone wants to get out there and collect their treats as soon as possible. Remember to trick or treat during accepted hours – typically 5:30 – 9:00, and only visit homes with front porch lights that are on. Additionally, respect homeowner’s properties by sticking to sidewalks and paths; stay off the grass whenever possible and don’t disrupt landscaping or personal items.
  5. The Great Candy Check. 
    Today, it is vital that prior to eating any of the treats that all of the candy is examined. Check to make sure all treats are sealed, and consume only store-bought treats provided by strangers. Look for any pinholes, resealed candies, or other causes for alarm.
  6. Decorations at Home. 
    If you are decorating your home for Halloween, use best fire safety protocols to ensure a safe holiday celebration. Remember that many decorations are inherently flammable (crepe paper, cardboard, sheets, etc.) and that they need to be kept away from any open flame candles, Jack O’ Lanterns, space heaters, or other sources of heat or flame. SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia is on call for any size disaster, but we’d prefer safe celebrations throughout Houston this year.
  7. Keep Pets Secured. 
    Halloween can be quite stressful for pets. The constant stream of people at the door, the eerie noises, and scary costumes can scare pets causing them to dart out the door. Sadly, there are also nefarious people that prey on pets during Halloween, and it is best to keep them safely secured in a room in your home during the festivities. If you have cats or dogs remember that they can easily knock over candles causing a fire in your home; make sure candles are out of the line of pets and children, and test all smoke detectors prior to trick or treating/party hours. Also, remember that chocolate is toxic to dogs and all candy and treats should be kept out of their reach.

We wish you a Happy Halloween!

Damaged Businesses- Choose IICRC-Certified

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

Cleaning image with a IICRC description. Our crew is IICRC-cretified, so no job is too big or small for us.

No one ever wants to have a large commercial or small business water loss, but what would you do if you did? How could you possibly clean up all the water without causing other damages to your property? SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia has the equipment, and technicians with the expertise to get the job done right every time. We want your business back open as soon as possible.

No Job is Too Large or Too Small

Our professional SERVPRO team can get on the scene with vans full of dehumidifiers and air movers ready to begin the water restoration process.

We take pride in providing our employees with the best tools, training, equipment, and vehicles to get the problem solved with minimal stress and impact on our customers. We know it is never anticipated when a water emergency occurs, but when you call in our SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia, you can count on us to get things clean and dry even when it seems impossible!

If your business is suffering from a water damage, call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia at (601) 823-1100! We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.  We always want to help you and your business.

Fall Firepit Tips for Bonfires

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

Here in Brookhaven, MS its a tradition to enjoy the cooler nights outside around a homemade fire pit! Many of us are looking forward to spending time gathering around them to enjoy time with family and friends. Before you start dreaming of moonlit nights and toasted marshmallows, take a moment to check out some of these tips from Allstate to remember.

Backyard Fire Pit Safety Tips:

  • Whether you prefer a built-in or portable fire pit, choose one that is not too large for the area. The pit should be a minimum of 10 feet away from any structures or combustible materials as well as away from trees, fences, sheds, power lines, and telephone wires.
  • Make sure that the seating area is large enough and properly placed for comfort and ventilation.
  • Check wind direction before lighting a fire.
  • Don’t use flammable fluids (gasoline, lighter fluid, etc.) to light or relight fires.
  • To start the fire, use a lighter to ignite crumpled pieces of paper covered with small sticks. Then, add larger sticks and a log or two to keep it burning. 
  • Burn only dry material. Damp material will create excess smoke. 
  • Don’t wear flammable clothing (like nylon) or any loose-fitting clothing.
  • Never leave the fire unattended, and keep pets and children far away from the fire as they will be attracted to it.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose, or bucket of water nearby.
  • As the fire dies down, use a shovel and spread out the ashes to allow them to cool down. Then slowly pour water over those ashes and watch them closely to be sure that no burning embers remain or reignite. Put the cooled ashes in a specially designated ash storage metal can. 

Water Restoration Process: The Breakdown

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro technician using professional equipment to remove excess water from a residential home. "Like it never even happened."

Don't let water damages blindside you

When calling a restoration company when you experience a water loss, the most important detail you need to know is the amount of time the structure has remained abnormally wet. If you don't know the exact time, that is okay. Give us your best guess. With that information, we can determine how quickly the damage needs to be responded to.

Call your local professionals- Call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia!

Restoration Process

The goal of the restoration process is to bring an abnormally wet and potentially damaged structure back to its preloss condition in the most economical and efficient manner as possible.

The Breakdown

In the beginning of the process your SERVPRO professional must identify all affected materials. Next comes documenting what type of materials are affected. Affected Materials are then evaluated against three criteria to determine if they should be restored or replaced.

What we take into account:

  •  Degree of contamination
  •  Damage to item
  •  Cost of restoration verses cost of replacement

Once material has been identified and the SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia professionals has decided what needs to be dried and what needs to be replaced, they will then measure the Temperature/Humidity for drying analysis.

NEXT

We remove as much water as possible from the affected area.

Don't worry about your furniture- it will be moved and blocked as necessary. It may be necessary to remove carpet pad to protect the subfloor and speed the drying process.

The carpet will be checked for restorability, delamination and mold growth.
Sometimes it is also necessary to include the application of a EPA- registered disinfectant.

Equipment:

Drying equipment such as commercial dehumidifiers and commercial air movers may be used to dry the property. The purpose of the equipment is to remove excess moisture and bring the relative humidity levels back down to normal.

The equipment is then left running for approximately three days until all affected material left in the home are at or below a goal level set by your IICRC certified SERVPRO professional.

Then What?

Throughout the drying process you can expect the Technician to visit the home daily to monitor the progress of the material and to adjust equipment as necessary.

Once our SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia professionals has deemed the structure is dry, the process of putting the home back together is now ready to begin. Soon your home will be back to normal and it will be ”Like it never even happened.”

(601) 823-1100

Fire Prevention Week: Fire Aftermath

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

A kitchen on fire from a stove, with SERVPRO logo across the front. Trust the professionals to help get your life back to normal.

After a Fire

A fire damage can be more involved than you may realize. Smoky residue saturates every opening because of the convection pattern that flames typically form during ignition. The soot constructs up in layers that may end up being solidified and tough to eliminate which is another reason to leave the cleaning to a specialist.

When the cleaning teams arrive, they promptly different salvageable items from charred debris, taking the things creating the strongest odors out for cleaning.

Following a fire, wall surface areas can be harmed by soot. Non-water based cleaners need to be used to remove soot from walls. These kinds of chemicals should be handled by a specialist due to the fumes and toxicity. Water-based cleaning items can cause spots to bleed into plaster walls, which is why a trained specialist should be left to deal with these chemicals.  

"What could possibly happen if I do it myself?" 
A professional restoration team reduces the after-effects a blaze can have on the health of those who return in. If a homeowner does not have the property restored by a professional, the results can be found later on down the line. To an untrained eye, they might believe the issue has been fixed. Homeowners who do it themselves may experience the remaining impacts of indoor air pollution for numerous months later on, which could also form an increased respiratory discomfort.  

We are trained to help remove your belongings as well as cleaning and storing them until your property has been restored to its original condition. We want to save as much as possible.

"Like it never even happened."

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Image text "Breast Cancer Awareness" next to a pink ribbon. We support our pink ribbons.

This month we wear pink. SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia supports the pink ribbon. We dedicated this blog to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Are you aware?

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of detecting breast cancer early. We support making a difference! Spread the word about mammograms, and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.

How can National Breast Cancer Awareness Month make a difference?

We can use this opportunity to spread the word about steps women can take to detect breast cancer early.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Ask doctors and nurses to speak to women about the importance of getting screened for breast cancer.
  • Encourage women ages 40 to 49 to talk with their doctors about when to start getting mammograms.
  • Organize an event to talk with women ages 50 to 74 in your community about getting mammograms every 2 years.

Fire Prevention Week

10/3/2021 (Permalink)

Seconds Count

Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

via http://www.nfpa.org/

Have you contacted your local fire department? See how you can get involved with them and your community to prevent house fires. Sometimes they will have events or give out smoke detectors for your home. Don't think this could never happen to you because it easily could. We don't have control over everything in our homes! We understand that, and SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia is faster to any size disaster!